The Emblem Hotel
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes access to the private member’s club and use of the sauna, steamroom, gym and rooftop terrace
- Top location: Close to the Old Town and hip ’hood Zizkov; Prague Castle and the happening Holesovice district are just across the river
- Sleek Art Deco styling and decadent guestrooms
What To Know
- Staff leads fitness runs for healthy sightseeing
- Lightning-fast WiFi
- Guests can borrow a tablet with a built-in city guide app
- The rooftop terrace is open April through October
- Buffet Breakfast is an additional $17 per person
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On a quiet street in Prague’s Stare Mesto quarter, a block from Old Town Square, the Emblem is a 59-room boutique hotel in a pre-war office building that blends original period features with plush but understated modernist elements. Designed to evoke the Prague tradition of artists salons, the public lounges are areas for reflection, networking and even cigar smoking and are decked out with wood, leather and marble surfaces collected from far-flung locales. Check-in is via an iPad in the Art Deco lobby as you sit with a drink in hand.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are decorated with Italian leather banquette walls, restored stone surfaces and furniture fashioned from unique wood grain. Nespresso coffee machines and 40-inch flat-screen TVs come standard, and the all-marble bathrooms come with rain showers and products from French brand Pure Altitude. Windows open onto views of the historic Old Town of cobblestones and ornate gables.
The 70-seat George Prime Steak restaurant, helmed by Slovak emigré George Betak, is dedicated to his vision of introducing the organically raised USDA Prime beef he cherishes to the heart of Central Europe. With T-bone cuts of 30-day aged steak procured from a handful of Midwestern farms, the George also offers one of Europe’s most extensive California wine collections. Plug into the Prague intellectual community with your included membership to the Maharal Club, which hosts talks and gatherings on current topics by academics, artists and visionaries amid a climate of convivial cognac-fueled debate revived from another era. Mind doesn’t have to take precedence over body, though: The top-floor gym, sauna, steam room and rooftop spa terrace are illuminated by Prague’s city lights.
In the Area
The Stare Mesto district, the medieval heart of the city, is packed with arts venues, palaces with florid stone façades and 18th-century churches. You’ll also find the classic Czech pub U Medvidku and Prague’s newest wave of hipster bars and clubs. The area’s bordered by the Vltava river, where a growing embankment scene offers fresh perspectives on Prague Castle’s spires and the Charles Bridge’s timeless arches. The nearby Rudolfinum hosts the esteemed Czech Philharmonic, while Parizska Street draws Russian model and mogul types, all nestled against the former Jewish ghetto of Josefov with its must-see Old Jewish Cemetery, which dates back seven centuries. Nearby Old Town Square is home to the Gothic National Gallery properties and the Tyn church, in which legendary stargazer Tycho Brahe is entombed. A 15-minute stroll across the river to Mala Strana leads to quiet, leafy idylls, craftspeople’s workshops, jazz clubs and embassy row.
How to Get There
I stayed here for my friends 40th birthday. We both loved the location of the hotel which was only a very short walk from the market square. I loved all the little touches provided by the hotel. The meet and greet session in the evening was lovely. I could not fault the room which was luxurious. In addition breakfast was to a high standard. I would love to stay here again, especially to enjoy again the roof top jacuzzi, The only recommendation to the hotel would be the baggage handling. It took some time for our bags to be found. But as this was after check out I cannot take a star off, as our stay was all in all fantastic! Thank you.
Great hotel all around. Well done rooms. Great bar. Restaurant looked great. I didn’t eat there. Staff was top notch! Location is a 10. No wonder London telegraph rates it as one of its top 10 hotels in Prague
The room is clean and modern, the staff are friendly and helpful.the location is good. Staff reminds all travel tips in Prague. However, the room should be ready by 3:00pm but we can only get it by 3:30pm.